Adrienne Kane - October 23
Carl Sagan once said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Not necessarily! Once you see local author, food writer, recipe developer and food photographer Adrienne Kane, aka “The Pie Lady", in action at the C.O.O.K. event on Oct. 23, you might agree more with the 1937 words of Monroe Boston Strause, whom Adrienne cites on the first page of her 2012 cookbook, “The United States of Pie”: “Pie is swell food … try eating pie first and the rest of the meal last.”
Adrienne will share her remarkable journey from college student to culinary commentator to “pie pundit.” She will detail her fascination with “the yeast arts,” which she chronicles in her food blog, www.nosheteria.com, and dish about her next cookbook, “The United States of Bread,” slated for publication in 2014. As guests enjoy a delicious wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, they can watch her create a pie featured in “The United States of Pie,” a signed copy of which everyone will receive. And everybody will take home their very own pie, prepared by Gateway’s Culinary Arts students from one of Adrienne’s signature recipes!
Her 2009 memoir, “Cooking and Screaming: Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery,” catalogues the role cooking played in Adrienne’s rehabilitation following a stroke that left the right side of her body paralyzed, just a few weeks before the 21-year-old was to graduate from Berkeley. It was then she turned to cooking as a source of solace, pride and, ultimately, rehabilitation.
While Adrienne had never been particularly interested in cooking before, she remembered her family’s kitchen being a source of “warmth, comfort and accomplishment,” especially as she reminisced about her grandmother’s “stellar baking skills.” She started using kitchen tools to chop, dice, mince, blend and roll, working to regain mobility and strength. It was a solitary pursuit – “just me and my pans” as she puts it – but her therapy ultimately became her calling and her career.
Adrienne started her own West Coast catering company before she and her husband, Brian, moved to New Haven, where Brian is now a Yale professor. As a homesick Adrienne wandered the book stacks at the Sterling Memorial Library, she discovered a treasure trove of vintage cookbooks and started making pies from the recipes she unearthed. But those intriguing and unfamiliar recipes were vague about specific details modern cooks expect – exact measurements, oven temperatures and cooking times, for example. Her experimentations inspired “The United States of Pie,” which offers aspiring pie-makers tips about ingredients and making the perfect crust, along with the classic, regional recipes Adrienne had reimagined, in addition to some newly invented creations.
Seating for the Oct. 23 Chefs of Our Kitchen event with Adrienne Kane is limited, so call the Gateway Community College Foundation, (203) 285-2617, today to reserve your place or purchase your tickets online. In addition to individual tickets, attractive sponsorship are available. Be sure to ask about an exclusive opportunity to dine with the C.O.O.K. chef!